49 higgins fd

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  1. Wickedest1

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    1949 jc higgins boys 20" 3speed
    Bumble bee bolt on kit

    Moped shocks added to the sissy bar for a smoother ride.
    The kit comes with a heavy duty bungee, but i was not getting the needed tension, so i found the crustiest spring in my scrap pile, and its a perfect tension (from an old trampoline)

    Still not finished

    Need to add stabilizing bars to keep the shock/sissy bar from folding

    Does around 28-30 wot
    Plenty fast for just a coaster brake.

    Ill keep you all updated as progress ensues


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    Enjoy
     
  2. LR Jerry

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    Please add a front brake. Don't want a friend hurt. Two brakes are always better than one.
     
  3. Wickedest1

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    There literally is no way to do so without modifying the frame. Which i cannot do. Not because i don't have the ability, just do not want to permanently change the originality of the frame, forks.

    I appreciate the concern old friend.

    I may eventually come across another moped front hub, at that point i will add the drum so as to have additional stopping power.
     
  4. Tony01

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    Nice bike!! Rear suspension seat must be nice.

    Use a sturmey-archer drum hub. Costs $85 for the 90mm one and you need some spokes and a regular MTB lever, total cost under $120. One brake is ok IF it is on the front, but just a back brake is dangerous.

    Frame or fork mods not required.
     
  5. racie35

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    Toss a fork on you don't care about and modify that....saving your original
     
  6. Otero

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    Shocks on a banana, cool. I could have used those back in the 60s on my
    'expendable' Huffer. That bike was doomed the moment I coughed up $15
    for it.
     

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